Scaling DevOpsDevOps is becoming a standard practice for enterprises of all types, giving teams the tools they need to collaborate and drive results. But for large organizations in particular, effectively implementing DevOps can come with challenges surrounding cultural changes, unifying toolchains, eliminating cumbersome silos, and more.

In  recent article, Atlassian explored some actions enterprises can take to scale their DevOps transformations and came up with a few tips. We have highlighted six of them to share with you here:

1.     Recognize That It’s Okay to Start Small

With DevOps, it can be easy to get caught up with lofty objectives. This focus (aiming for the moon without thinking about the steps you need to take to get there) can cause DevOps initiatives to falter, which is why it’s important to keep in mind that starting small can actually be more beneficial in the long run.

Atlassian recommends identifying low-hanging fruit like getting your teams using the same versions of one or two key tools like Git or Jira. Make these small-scale changes first, and then work from there to replicate them.

2.     Encourage (Don’t Force) Changes

For Atlassian, the focus is less on telling people what to do and more on showing them how re-thinking their processes and techniques can help them become more productive and successful.

Atlassian takes its cues from its Team Playbook, a no-nonsense guide to unleashing your team’s potential. The Team Playbook includes a Health Monitor, which allows you to evaluate how your teams are doing right now, as well as breakdowns of plays and game plans.

3.     Stay Up to Date with Progress

Knowing what’s going on is important in both keeping you up to speed and giving you a stream of examples you can talk about with your teams.

Remember, the successes you share don’t need to be monumental. Highlighting small-but-important process changes like modest reductions in customer-reported bugs or rolled-back releases can matter just as much as broadcasting the major milestones.

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4.     Be Consistent

It’s not uncommon for enterprises to have disparate instances split across and between teams. Consolidating them is one of the most important steps you will take in your DevOps journey. This will make it easier for individuals to share ideas, and it will simplify the ongoing management of your infrastructure, applications, and add-ons.

5.     Plan for Quick Growth

DevOps is a contagious process. Once it starts, it tends to ramp up rapidly. That is why you need to make sure your tools and systems are ready to scale to meet your dynamic and evolving needs.

6.     When in Doubt, Ask for Help

You don’t need to do DevOps alone. Especially for larger enterprises, implementing the cultural, technical, and process-oriented changes can be a challenge. Working with experienced DevOps experts to plan, execute, and manage your transition can save you time, reduce hassle, and ultimately make your DevOps journey more successful.

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Andy Mao

About Andy Mao

As a tech-savvy Business Development professional, Andy has a strong passion for enabling success with innovative and best-of-breed technologies. Andy comes from a background in open-source and open platform technologies - with years of sales, marketing, and channel development experience. Today he strives to help unleash the full potential of teams by equipping them with the most collaborative tools on the market - without constraints.